Masdevallia aptera Luer & L.O'Shaughn. 2004 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889

Photo by Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep Shade Cool Cold LATESpring

Common Name or Meaning The Wingless Masdevallia [refers to the wingless lip and petals]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a slender, arising from low on the ramicaul, provided with a bract at the base, more or less erect, 2" [5 cm] long including the 1" [2.5 cm] long peduncle, single flowered inflorescence with a thin tubular, just shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"The flower is not unusual, the sepals being connate into a deep cup with the laterals expanded. Both the petals and lip are oblong without wings." Luer 2004


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;